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I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

I'm nervous about starting therapy; Is that normal?

Its totally normal! In fact, its almost expected. It can be difficult to think about opening up completely to a stranger, trusting them to understand you, have empathy for you, and give you tools to help cope with what you are going through. Sharing this with your therapist can be extremely beneficial in helping to relieve some of those anxieties and expectations surrounding therapy and also a great way to build a strong therapeutic relationship which will help you better work on the issues that brought you into therapy in the first place.

Can other people come with me to my therapy session?

This is a possibility! But it is important to discuss with your therapist prior to doing so to better understand how the process may work and if it is a good decision.

What are the first few sessions like?

In your first few session, you and your therapist will have the opportunity to get to know one another and decide if you're a good fit. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions, get to know more about the therapy process, and discuss goals and a plan for treatment. You all be asked questions about your background and goals for therapy. My goal is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental, and accepting space where you can share your experiences and feel comfortable doing so.

Can you prescribe psychotropic medication?

Because I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and not a medical doctor, I cannot prescribe medications. I would be happy to discuss the option of taking medication in conjunction with therapy and refer you to a psychiatrist who would be able to do so if you are interested, but highly recommend that you continue seeking therapy while on medication.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.